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Newly acquired Kim wins Marlins debut as Boone hits grand slam

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Byung-Hyun Kim took advantage of some early offensive support.

Kim won his Marlins debut and Aaron Boone hit a grand slam, leading Florida past the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 8-4 on Friday night.

"He did a nice job," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Kept them off balance. Threw a lot of good pitches. He'll get the ball five days from now."

Ty Wigginton, who had two solo homers, and Carlos Pena hit consecutive shots off Kim in the sixth for the Devil Rays, who had won four in a row. Tampa Bay hasn't had a five-game winning streak since August 16-21, 2005.

Boone gave the Marlins a 4-0 lead in the second when he hit his second career grand slam on an 0-1 pitch from Edwin Jackson (0-6). His other grand slam came when he played for Cincinnati on August 21, 1999, against Montreal. It was the Marlins' first grand slam since pitcher Dontrelle Willis hit one last July 7 at the New York Mets.

"It was a good way to start the night," said Boone, who hit a hanging breaking ball an estimated 397 feet to left. "I shouldn't say you concentrate more, but I think you do. You're trying to get a good pitch to hit, and at the same time to be aggressive. A good situation to be in, bases loaded and less than two outs. As a hitter, you can't ask for much more."

Kim (2-2), acquired from Colorado on May 13 for pitcher Jorge Julio, allowed three runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Kim said he felt comfortable.

"The first and second innings, I felt great," Kim said. "A little bit tired (at the end)."

Kim was activated from the 15-day disabled list Thursday after being out since April 16 with a bruised right thumb.

"He threw the ball excellent," Marlins catcher Matt Treanor said. "He went out and did what he wanted to do today. He knows what he's doing out there."

Florida had a chance to take a commanding lead later in the second, but Jackson struck out Miguel Cabrera with the bases loaded and two outs.

The Marlins capitalized in the third, scoring three times for a 7-0 lead after Jackson loaded the bases with three walks. Reggie Abercrombie chased Jackson with a two-out, two-run single. The other run scored on catcher Dioner Navarro's passed ball.

Jackson allowed seven runs, seven hits, three walks and struck out two in 2 2/3 innings. His ERA climbed from 6.82 to 7.78.

"That's the way it's been all year. Take three steps forward and five steps back," Jackson said. "All I can do is work hard for my next start."

Tampa Bay got within 7-1 in the fourth when Delmon Young's two-out grounder off the end of the bat went between the legs of first baseman Jason Wood, who was charged with an error.

Wood had an RBI single one inning later to make it 8-1.

Wigginton's second homer of the game cut the Devil Rays deficit to 8-4 in the eighth. He has five career multi-homer games, including two this season.

The Devil Rays loaded the bases with no outs later in the eighth, but failed to score again.

"I love the way our guys came back," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "It's tough to keep coming back from deficits."

Notes

  • Boone is 3-for-3 this season with the bases loaded.
  • Florida claimed OF Todd Linden off waivers from San Francisco and designated OF John Gall for assignment.
  • Tampa Bay OF Greg Norton, who had right knee surgery on April 2, made his first start of the season at DH. He went 1-for-2 with two walks.
  • Marlins RHP Henry Owens (right rotator cuff tendinitis) threw off a bullpen mound and could face hitters Tuesday.
 
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Just acquired from Colorado, Byung-Hyun Kim rewards the Marlins with a win in his debut. (AP)
Just acquired from Colorado, Byung-Hyun Kim rewards the Marlins with a win in his debut. (AP)

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Tampa Bay

T. Wigginton
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
Florida

A. Boone
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 

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Florida Marlins
Reggie Abercrombie, CF5022022 .263
Dan Uggla, 2B5000004 .238
Hanley Ramirez, SS5010000 .342
Miguel Cabrera, DH5110014 .310
Josh Willingham, LF3210110 .281
    Joe Borchard, LF0000000 .197
Jeremy Hermida, RF5220002 .471
Aaron Boone, 3B3224110 .295
Jason Wood, 1B4011002 .200
Matt Treanor, C2110101 .167
Totals37811735  
Batting
2B - Jeremy Hermida (1, Corcoran)
HR - Aaron Boone (2, Jackson)
RBI - Reggie Abercrombie 2 (3), Aaron Boone 4 (15), Jason Wood (6)
2-OUT RBI - Reggie Abercrombie 2 (2)
SB - Hanley Ramirez (15, 3rd base off Ryu/Navarro), Josh Willingham (3, 2nd base off Jackson/Navarro)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-Wood, Lindstrom-Treanor-Wood
E - Jason Wood (1, Misplayed grounder)
Florida Marlins
Byung-Hyun Kim (W,2-2) 5.1632352 7.15
Lee Gardner 0.2000000 3.32
Renyel Pinto 1211101 3.00
Matt Lindstrom (H,6) 1000010 3.93
Kevin Gregg 1000130 2.52
HBP - Young (by Matt Lindstrom)
Pitches-Strikes - Byung-Hyun Kim 85-51, Lee Gardner 4-3, Renyel Pinto 18-9, Matt Lindstrom 11-8, Kevin Gregg 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Byung-Hyun Kim 4-7, Renyel Pinto 1-2, Matt Lindstrom 1-0
Batters Faced - Byung-Hyun Kim 25, Lee Gardner 2, Renyel Pinto 6, Matt Lindstrom 3, Kevin Gregg 4
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Elijah Dukes, CF3000201 .210
B.J. Upton, 2B5000024 .309
Carl Crawford, LF5010022 .289
Ty Wigginton, 3B5222022 .255
Carlos Pena, 1B3221110 .309
Greg Norton, DH2010200 .500
Delmon Young, RF3000001 .239
Dioner Navarro, C4010004 .192
Brendan Harris, SS4010024 .354
Totals3448359  
Batting
2B - Carlos Pena (3, Kim), Dioner Navarro (8, Kim)
HR - Ty Wigginton 2 (8, Kim, Pinto), Carlos Pena (8, Kim)
RBI - Ty Wigginton 2 (23), Carlos Pena (23)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Harris-Pena, Harris-Pena
PB - Dioner Navarro (1)
E - Dioner Navarro (3, Throwing), Ty Wigginton (3, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Edwin Jackson (L,0-6) 2.2776321 7.78
Tim Corcoran 5.1311030 4.00
Jae-Kuk Ryu 1100000 4.66
HBP - Treanor (by Tim Corcoran), Willingham (by Jae-Kuk Ryu)
WP - Edwin Jackson (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 62-34, Tim Corcoran 63-42, Jae-Kuk Ryu 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 3-4, Tim Corcoran 7-5, Jae-Kuk Ryu 1-1
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 19, Tim Corcoran 19, Jae-Kuk Ryu 4
Game Information
Attendance - 13003
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Laz Diaz